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  • Marsden Hartley, Mountains in Stone, Dogtown, 1931, oil on board, 18 x 24".

    Marsden Hartley

    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
    600 Main Street
    January 17–April 20, 2003

    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    4525 Oak Street
    July 19, 2013–January 11, 2004

    The Phillips Collection
    1600 21st Street NW
    June 7–September 7, 2003

    It’s too bad this retrospective of Hartley’s paintings is confined to US venues. Like other early-twentieth-century Americans (Sheeler, Demuth), he should be better known beyond his own shores. A restless, brooding, but also childlike sensibility informs all of his stylistic wanderings, culminating in the late grand paintings of mountainous landscapes and of the fishermen of Nova Scotia (portraits tense with Hartley’s sexual longing). Curated by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser of the Atheneum, the show brings together eighty-five paintings and twenty drawings and features a multiauthor scholarly catalogue.